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Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Drummer


16" x 20"  oil on cradled panel 

in-progress recap shots in order of painting:




finished sketch



















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14 comments:

CAROL HOPPER -- A PAINTER'S JOURNAL said...

Now I see why I love your work so much. Your "gift" series, and the colors you used in it got me started following your work. It appears that you are a palette knife painter. Wonderful, wonderful work.

Jerry Stocks said...

Wow, what a post. This is such wonderful information.

Karen Appleton said...

Carol, I actually use mostly brushes, knife to help mix and pick up a big blob of paint, but 90% of the time, I put in on with a #2 flat 6300 series princeton brush. Thank you so much for such a wonderful compliment!!

Karen Appleton said...

Thank you Jerry! I really enjoyed keeping track of the paintings progress! I'm so glad you liked it!!

Pattie Wall said...

Karen I love this work - I so appreciate your sharing of your process. I am amazed at your richness of color and how you use it along with the thickness of the paint and the brushstrokes - wow!

Carrie Clayden said...

wow Karen, just found you and love your work. LOVE your puzzle like application of paint, and thank you for showing the process. You have a joyful impressionist style and happy palette. I am a big fan. Do you paint daily? How do you figure out the dreaded question "what to paint"?

Karen Appleton said...

Thank you so much Pattie and Carrie!! I appreciate your compliments and comments so much!!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

So glad you gave us this step by step closeup. What a fabulous way to use these bits of jewel like color.
I love everything about this!!!

Tam Foree said...

Really great work!! Love you confidence of applying color!!

Carol Blackburn said...

Wow, I love your post. I came to visit via Kelly McDonald's blog (oh, I hope I spelled her name correctly). I'm so glad I visited you today. Have a great weekend.

Madhura said...

Oh my god, this is beautiful! I'm a beginner and teaching myself to paint so I wonder if you could post tutorials? It would be great help and I would love to learn from you! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hi Karen, After you pencil on the sketch, do you have to seal it before you paint it?

Karen Appleton said...

Thank you for the question, yes I do spray the sketch with a workable fixative sealer before painting. Thanks so much for asking!!

Shawna said...

Wow, thanks for the play-by-play showing how you accomplished this amazing portrait! I've done portraits in watercolour, but haven't tried any in oil (or any paintings in oil for that matter, just acrylics). Do you have a favourite brand of oil paint to work with?